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'Project Grinch' results in 49 Criminal Code charges

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The Airdrie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit had quite the presence over the holiday season – members gifted some of the area's most deserving residents with court dates, fines and criminal records.

Project Grinch was a proactive initiative where officers were deployed to numerous businesses within the City of Airdrie and in Rocky View County. Extensive patrols took place to combat crime, according to an RCMP press release.

The RCMP worked closely with loss prevention officers, mall security and other business personnel to identify prolific property offenders, shoplifters and suspicious people and activity, the release stated. The main objective of this project was to disrupt property crime, specifically theft from motor vehicles and theft of motor vehicles.

The results of the project are as followed:

  • 49 Criminal Code charges ranging from obstruction, breaching conditions, possession of drugs, firearms possession and possession of stolen property.

  • 3 Controlled Drugs and Substance Act charges; 8.1 grams of methamphetamine and 3.6 grams of fentanyl seized with a street value of approximately $1,200

  • Execution of 90 warrants

  • 4 Form 21 warrants executed, totalling $8,362.00 in fines

  • $3,340.00 of fines issued

  • Recovered stolen property with a value of $18,024.42

  • Numerous weapons seized which included a knife, machete, collapsible baton, bear spray, a loaded SKS semi automatic rifle with eight rounds in the magazine, a loaded shotgun, a loaded rifle and two knives.